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International Conference
Critical Geography

Mexico City, 8-13 January 2005

Following three successful conferences between 1997 and 2002, the Fourth International Conference of Critical Geography will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, 8-13 January 2005.  The aim of the conference is to stimulate debate among critical  geographers from around the world and to promote the development of critical geography.

Conference Format

There will be time allocated for discussion and debate by reducing the duration for formal paper presentations.  In addition, following much debate during the Bekescsaba Conference of 2002, there will be more support for speakers and listeners whose native languages are not those officially chosen for the conference. To meet these requests we have developed a new format for the Fourth Conference.
The conference will feature the following nine themes:
… Poverty and migration

… Peoples' geographies

… Natures and environment

… Geopolitics and geopolitical economy. State, power and the reorganisation of national territories

… Gender and spaces of difference

… Political economies of development: regional problems and international economies

… Urban and rural issues

… History of geographical practice and thought

… Socialist geographies and the geography of socialisms: what role is left for geographers?

We may include more themes at the suggestion of participants. Each theme will involve one  or two convenors.  Most sessions will be panel debates, roundtable discussions, workshops and other participatory  activities.  If written papers are presented they should be short (no more than four-five pages), written in plain, clear Spanish, English, or French, and circulated in advance.   Formal spoken presentations will be limited to 5-10 minutes.  Papers focusing on isolated case studies will not be accepted in the conference so as to favour the development of a wider analysis of subjects relevant to the above themes. At the same time, other forms of participation, such as photo exhibits emphasising critical topics, will be given opportunity for presentation.  It will also be possible to table a paper (that is, to present a paper in written form only, without a spoken presentation).  The organisers will provide written confirmation of participation, if required.  The official conference languages will be Spanish, English, and French. Presenters are expected to speak slowly and clearly, since not everyone will have fluency in those languages.  Efforts to present papers in Spanish will be highly appreciated.  For some of the main panels and events, depending on available funds, simultaneous translations will be provided in order to solve the language problems that have frustrated some participants in the past.  We beseech all multilingual participants to volunteer in the task of translating, especially if they are fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean.
Deadline for submitting abstracts

Final date for submission of an 'abstract' (or description of your intended participation) is the 10th of May, 2004.  A separate deadline will be subsequently announced regarding the submission of final paper versions. 2nd call will include mails of theme coordinators in order to send them the abstracts. The 2nd call for papers will be issued by the end of March 2004.

Conference information and fees

The registration for the conference will occur on Saturday  evening, the 8th of January 2005.  A field trip will be conducted to the shantytowns near Mexico City on the 9th of January.   The conference will open with a Welcoming Reception and Keynote Address on the evening of Sunday, the 9th of January 2005 and will close after dinner on Thursday, the 13th of January 2005.   There will also be other opportunities to participate in field trips during the week of the conference.  Field trips and special translation apparatus will incur additional fees beyond the registration fee.

Conference venue and accommodations

The conference is hosted by Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Downtown Mexico City.

Residential accommodation will be provided at nearby hotels and youth hostels.  Meals and coffee breaks will be included as part of registration costs, except breakfast.  Due to the high demand for lodging generated by tourism, it is imperative that participants indicate their preference for a youth hostel accommodation no later than  the 10th of May, 2004.   Otherwise the organisers will not be able to guarantee the provision of hostel lodging for those participants.

Those preferring hotel option will be expected to reserve rooms on their own, with a registration fee reduction negotiated in advance.  The organisers will only help in obtaining special rates for the conference participants, but each of them will have to make their own reservations.
For More Information and Registration

Contact: Branca R. Ramirez  at [log in to unmask]

Lawrence D. Berg, D.Phil.
Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Diversity and Identity

Okanagan University College, Kalamalka Campus
7000 College Way, Vernon, B.C., Canada, V1B 2N5
Voice:  +1 250 545-7291 ext. 2264;  Fax: +1 250 545-3277
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Editor: The Canadian Geographer/Le G้ographe canadien

Co-Editor: ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies